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nor from ine South, but from above, Pfal.75.6,7. 'Tis reported of one of the Kings of France, that he was wont co say, that many thousands (no doubt) were born on the same day he was, yet not one of them born to be a King but himself; which he noted as a free favour of Divine Providence to him, in that he was born to the Honour and Happinesse of a Kingdom, when at the same time, many others were born to mean conditions ; forne possibly to beggery and want. 'Tis God alone chat sets upone, and puls down another. He gives power, riches, and estate to one man, and sets another in a mean condicion. And therefore chose vhom he is pleased to bleste with a rightful pofeßion of riches, should be exceeding thankful, nd constantly remember who hath made them io chis). to differ from others, Gods impost on ll his blessings is thankfulnesse. If we neglect o pay this impost, the commodity is forfeit. God an quickly blow upon and blaft all our blessings, if ce be untbapkful as ʼcis, Mal.2.2.1f ye will not hear nd if ye will not lay it to beart, to give Glory unto iy Name; faith the Lord of Hosts, I will event ind a curse upon you, and will cnrse your blessings, SC. Yec notwithstanding, such is the baseneffe f man's Nature, that che more God gives to me, che lefse they own him ; and if chey accaim o a fulnelse, 'isten to one, if they do not plainly ny him, and ask who is the Lord? ITE. They ought to be exceeding humble.
Cbarge of the Duties of the Rich. Copie Chap.17. Of the Duties of the Rich.
489 them ( faies che Apostle) the the appetites ; spending their estates in riot and luxub minded. Of most men, the Pre , neither remembring the account they are to erity is to many a kind of intereson that want and beggery (by the juft judgmenç of Their good and their blod nifer o make to God of cheir talents, nor considering
their heads giddy. It argues grans God) is usually heir apparent to riot and prodid be lifted above others in che finds of that Gentleman in the 16th of Luke, who was
en to carry a lor mind in a higtai gality. Sach persons should think what became -e foin a mans own fpirit, Andries Clothed with Purple, and fared deliciously every
be well considered, what led day, &c. Certainly ( as a late Author Paies well) =h men to be proud? Have on! One plain Coat put upon a poor mans back, will ards, and therefore fhould be better become a wealthy man, than twentyrich ones Eimself ( very frequently in his precious time in Idlenekse, and sloth, or immode sed mans professed enemy?" The following of recreations ; but should employ Zeth the proud, Prov. 6. 16. themselves fo, as they may honour God, and be abomination to the Lord, Aw Jerviceable to the world. How many are there
put on his own.
make their accounts, ves in their receipts? Does any
V. They onght not to Sqander away their
de and arrogancy do I have
. Ai cih before destruction. And her.
chac verifie that vulgar definition, 'What is a Gentleman but his pleasure: What a sad thing is it, chat many facto know not what to do with
an enemy as God engageaugue their time? Their honrs lie upon their hands,
m art for it to purpose
neither have they discretion to improve so precious a Talent. Certainly tbeg can never want bu
They onghe to be saber and top
of their estates, noe lavire, fineffe, who are to work out their salvation, and Liny wich chat rich man in Lyc Jocure che ftate of their souls to all eternicy. to say co themselves,
Smile to recreations, and moderate refrelbiment,
xceffively upon their backs
I confeffe indeed sometimes we may have a just
ds laid up for many years,
when we have tir'd our minds or bodies in some honeft employment. But then we must be carefull
letting out their hearts," that our recreations have these qualifications:
erry? How many rich people to
de'ighes; studying to picik-e
Haven would be
rather : put on his own.
ly my! 3.16
ofbeldi appetites ; spending their estates in riot and lxxxgy,
neither remembring the account they are to make coGod of cheir talents , nor considering in that want and beggery (by che just judgment of
God) is usually heir apparent to riot and prodiLai gality. Sach persons should think what became sa cheo of that Gentleman in the 16th of Luke, who was
clothed with Purple., and fared deliciously every she's day, &c. Certainly ( as a lare Author faies well)
One plain Coat put upon a poor mans back, will better become a wealthy man, than twenty rich ones
V. They ooght not to fqander away their precious time in Idlenesse, and Roth, or immode
rate following of recreations ; but should emplog
themselves so, as they may honour God, and be Serviceable to the world. How many are there that verifie that vulgar definition, What is Gentleman but his pleasure: What a sad thing is
that many fucla know not what to do with their time? Their honrs lië upon their hands,
? jeicher have they discretion to improve so precibus a Talent. Certainly tbey can never want bulinefse, who are to work out their salvation, and o secure che state of their souls to all eternicy.
o I confeffe indeed sometimes we may have a just Sitle to recreations, and moderate 'refresbiment ,
when we have tir'd our minds or bodies in some boneft employment. But then we must be caretull hat our recreations have these qualifications.
2. Expedient, not such as vadly nice. casion co fin and scandal.
3. Seasonable , at fit and convenisa not on day.
4. Moderate, not spending son makhluk
and riches in this werld, remember what were
Of the Duties of the kich, but Chap.19. Of the Duties of the Rich.
491 1. They must be lawful, not
ad, ment, I see nor. The other of rage and anger, if God, nor injurious to our neigbou.. they happen to lose. Both which are apt to draw
on other fins : Coveteusnefle will cempt to cheating and cozening: Anger cofwearing and curfing, as common experience shews. And how carefull should
sincere Christian be co avoid
the occasions and temptations leading to fin? on them. What a fad account wille? Those that mind the salvation of their fouls, will God, who spend whole daies and siglo.censider these things; Those that do not, I know bestow a quarter of so much time in Let all those whom God hach raised to wealth
and Dice, or other Sports; who poll will fight them. To conclude this Particular, . 5. The end of recreation must be use the fins of Sodom, that they may carefully avoid
us, Ezek. Therefore bere two things are to bere ance of Idleneß, neither did they Arengthen the only to pale away, or drive away ouro VI. They should take heed of trusting in the worlds wicked phrase is) which their riches, as the Apostle advisech, I Tim.6. study 'to redeem, and well improve. I 17. And che Pfalmift co che same purpose. If that which flies away fofajt utic felt, I PJal.63.10.. 'Tis hard co pofles riches or estates, must have nothing to do in them. Theo that make Gold their confidence, as'cis, Fob 31. 'cis so impoflible to recall. 2. CK and not to confide in them. How many are there Recreation, Mould be meerly complir 24Thac chink their mountain so strong it shall Spirits, and not to win money. They like never be moved, Psal. 49.11? When alas!
bread, and abunda
, fulnegie one well advises) na wide the poor anderen
run themfelves into two great dangers: ney; And how such upon lobercanda. of coveting and greedy deforing their brukoa
TWho knows what a day may bring forth? Prov. 27.1. Riches have wings and fie away, 133.5. And Experience of late years,
can make their p'ace with the sento Cards, that even Lands are moveables. Therefore
ment, I see nor. The other of rage and anger, if they happen to lose. Both which are ape co draw on other sons : Covetou nesse will cempi co cheating and cozening: Anger cofwearing and cursing, as common experience shews. And how carefull should every sincere Christian be co avoid the occasions and temptations leading to fin? Those that mind the salvation of their souls , will consider these things; Those that do not, i knoiv
I will night them. To conclude this Particular, Let all those whom God hath raised to wealth and riches in this world, remember what were che fors. of Sodom, that they may carefully avoid them. And those the Prophet tels us, Ezek. 16.49. were pride, folneffe of bread, and abunda ance of Idleneß, neither did they Arengthen she hands of the poor and needy. * : · VI. They should take heed of trusting in
heir riches, as the Apostle advisech, i Tim.6. -7. And chc Psalmist to che same purpose. If iches encrease , fec noc thy heart upon them, Pfal.63.10. 'Tis hard co pofleß riches or estates, nd not to confide in them. How many are there hat make Gold their confidence, as ʼtis, Fob31. 4? Thac chink their mountain so strong it shall ever be moved, Pfal. 19.11? 'When alas ! , Vho knows what a day may bring forth? Prov. 7:1. Riches have wings and Alie away, Prov. 3.5. And Experience of late years, hach caught chat even Lands are moveables. Therefore